I met Adrian Grenier at the Lonely Whale Making Waves event last year in SF, blog post here, and we had the opportunity to shoot a session while he was in town meeting with some tech investments of his. He’s a busy guy so we had a half hour or so to get all of the shots done we had in mind. Shot in the financial district of San Francisco alongside his dog Pip.
Earlier in 2018 I wanted to put a small personal portrait project together that I could shoot to just push myself creatively and make some new work. I came up with something that I called the “Denim Project” where models could come to the studio with their favorite pieces of denim and I would photograph them on white with whatever they brought. Asaba was brought to me by Scout Models and he was my favorite subject in the project. He had such a laid back personality but when he was in front of the camera he embraced making interesting shapes with his body and he gave me a range of emotion. What he gave to the camera was a gift that any photographer is lucky enough to receive from a subject every so often. Here are my favorite images from the session.
For the August issue of San Francisco magazine, I was asked to photograph Cabaret artists that attend a local Speakeasy and really get into character. What was so interesting to me is that when each person walked in they were shy and timid, but I blasted old Sinatra music and asked they who they became in the Speakeasy they opened up and turned into alter-egos straight out of and old classic film. They were singing, dancing, and talking with the perfect old New York accent to make for some wonderful subjects. It was an afternoon of great music and amazing performances for the portraits.
The man himself Ben Lebovitz. I worked with Ben on the Young & United Campaign last year, as he was the art director and one of the founders of the brand. He just got back a day before I snapped these portraits from a three month long trek around the U.S. on his motorcycle creating a book called "The Pursuit."